Up to 12 F/A‑18 Hornets will join a range of ADF capabilities that will be in place throughout the lead-up to, and during, the President of the United States’ visit to support the Australian Federal Police, NT Police and other Government agencies, to ensure the conduct of a safe and secure visit.
This is an important component of the Australian Government’s security arrangements for the President’s visit.
The ADF routinely provides specialised support to augment the Federal, State, and Territory agencies during major national events and ADF aircraft are an integrated part of the overall security arrangements for the President’s visit.
The Commander of the Joint Task Force, Rear Admiral David Johnston said the public can expect to observe aircraft movements transiting to and departing from Williamtown, Tindal, Darwin and Nowra from Monday 14 November as they prepare for the US President’s visit.
“Air Force fighter aircraft will conduct training activities in the Canberra, Nowra and Darwin areas to enhance the capability of the Australian Defence Force in supporting the security operations,” Read Admiral Johnston said.
“Familiarisation with the local area is essential for pilots and crews, and F/A‑18 Hornet training activities are scheduled to occur from 14 November.
“Air Force aircraft will conduct airborne patrol operations at Canberra and Darwin throughout the President’s visit. The presence of aircraft does not imply an incident has occurred.”
The Australian Government greatly appreciates the support and understanding of local communities towards the ADF when they undertake vital training activities in support of our country’s security.
Queries about restricted airspace arrangements during the President’s visit are to be directed to the Joint Air Space Control Centre who can be contacted on 1800 562 222.
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